Practicing The Way Of Jesus
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📒Practicing The Way Of Jesus ✍ Mark Scandrette
✏Practicing the Way of Jesus Book Summary : Take a casual survey of how people practice their faith, and you might reasonably conclude that Jesus spent his life going door to door offering private lessons, complete with chalkboard and pop quizzes. We think about God in the comfort of our own minds, in isolation from one another; meanwhile the world waits for a people to practice the way of Jesus together. Mark Scandrette contends that Jesus has in mind something more lively for us: not a classroom so much as a kingdom, where our formation takes place not only in our heads but in our hearts and our bodies, and in the company of one another, in a way that blesses the world we've been entrusted with. In Practicing the Way of Jesus Scandrette draws from his experience as a spiritual director and leader of an intentional community, as well as the best contemporary thinking on kingdom spirituality, to paint a picture of life lived together, in the way of Jesus--which is another way of saying life lived to the full.
📒Finding Our Way Again ✍ Brian D. McLaren
✏Finding Our Way Again Book Summary : Shines a practical light on the spiritual disciplines that have been in use since the time of Abraham. In a sense, every day of our lives is labor. It is questionable if you can ever be exactly the same person waking up on two consecutive days. How are spiritual sojourners to cope with the constant change? Many are beginning to explore the ancient Christian spiritual practices that have been in use for centuries, everything from fixed-hour prayer to fasting to sincere observance of the Sabbath. What is causing this hunger for deeper spirituality? Brian McLaren guides us on this quest for an explanation of these spiritual practices, many of which go all the way back to Abraham and the establishment of Israel. In the midst of contemporary Christianity, we discover the beauty of these ancient disciplines and the transformation through Christ that each can provide. Why have certain spiritual disciplines been in use for centuries and why is it important? It is questionable if one can ever be exactly the same person waking up on two consecutive days. How are spiritual sojourners to cope with the constant change? Many are beginning to explore the ancient Christian spiritual practices, such as fixed-hour prayer, fasting and sincere observance of the Sabbath. What is causing this hunger for deeper spirituality? Brian McLaren guides us on this quest for an explanation of these spiritual practices, many of which go all the way back to Abraham and the establishment of Israel. In the midst of contemporary Christianity, we discover the beauty of these disciplines and the transformation through Christ that each can provide.
📒Biblical Forgiveness ✍ Randy Julson
✏Biblical Forgiveness Book Summary : Forgiveness is central to the message that we as Christians bring to our world. First and foremost, we present the gracious forgiveness that God offers to mankind, but secondly is the issue of forgiveness toward our fellow man. This is vitally important regarding our relationship with fellow Believers for if there are difficulties between us as Christian brothers or sisters, it directly affects the unity that God desires for us as a people. Prepare to have your mind challenged as to what you thought you knew about forgiveness. What teachings come from the Scriptures and what teachings are man-made dogmas? Some of the things that are commonly taught are very different from the way that Jesus intended forgiveness to be."Biblical Forgiveness: Practicing Forgiveness the Way that Jesus Meant It to Be" deals with topics that are not commonly presented in most books on forgiveness. It draws on biblical insights from the relationship that we have with God, and extends those principles to the complex interpersonal relationships that we have with one another. As I wrote in the book, "My primary desire and intent for this book is that we express through our actions and our attitudes the great "agape'" love of God, in particular regarding the relationship with those that have hurt us."Topics that are covered include: Does God really command us to forgive unilaterally? How do you know that you have forgiven someone? What are the responsibilities of the one who has wronged you? Working toward reconciliation with someone who has offended you. Forgiving yourself. Forgiving God. What to do if someone has hurt you? What is a Christian to do if you have offended someone else? Biblical Forgiveness is packed with scriptural wisdom and advice for everyday life.
📒Greenhouses Of Hope ✍ Dorie Grinenko Baker
✏Greenhouses of Hope Book Summary : Do you know a church where young people regularly shape the liturgy with words that speak their truth in ways that also inspire their elders? Do you hear about congregations that reach out in quirky new ways to their ailing neighborhoods, instead of locking doors and shipping out to a suburb? Do you find churches creating hospitable space that invites the live wriggling questions and doubts of young people in unhurried, unworried ways? Do you see congregations where young people's gifts are not stored in the basement or bracketed into 'contemporary' worship services but are brought forth and celebrated? The authors who collaborated on this book launched a quest for such vibrant, life-giving, greening congregations and observed the diverse practices that grow there. They named these churches 'Greenhouses of Hope.' A Greenhouse of Hope is a Christian congregation freeing itself to experiment with both newly imagined and time-honored ways of following the path of Jesus. Its members respond to God's love through practices that genuinely embrace the gifts of youth and young adults. Out of these greenhouses emerge young leaders who want to change the world. In Greenhouses of Hope, Dori Baker and six contributors tell the stories of these remarkable congregations, helping others think about how they can create space for the dreams of young people to be grafted into God's dreams for the world
📒Embodying The Way Of Jesus ✍ Ted Grimsrud
✏Embodying the Way of Jesus Book Summary : The Anabaptist tradition, originating as part of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation, has from its beginning presented an alternative approach to Christian faith. Jesus-centered Anabaptist convictions such as pacifism, simple living, and community remain of vital concern for twenty-first-century Christians. Embodying the Way of Jesus: Anabaptist Convictions for the Twenty-First Century traces the origins and historical expressions of Anabaptist faith and then suggests ways Anabaptist convictions speak to our contemporary world. Ted Grimsrud proposes a fourfold approach to interpreting Anabaptist theology, considering themes from the Bible, from the tradition's history, from present experience, and from envisioning a hopeful future. What emerges is an engaging portrait of a living tradition that speaks with urgency and relevance to a world badly in need of a message of peace.
📒Companions On The Episcopal Way ✍ Stephanie Spellers
✏Companions on the Episcopal Way Book Summary : Eric Law and Stephanie Spellers conclude the series with a dynamic conversation about faith, dialogue, and the generous give-and-take that makes Episcopal life possible.
📒The Code Of Christ ✍ Gerald Heard
✏The Code of Christ Book Summary : Introducing new reprints by Gerald Heard: The Creed of Christ The Code of Christ Training for the Life of the Spirit Prayers and Meditations There was a period in my early thirties when these four small books by Gerald Heard served almost as my bible. I read and reread them, and invariably found them to be uplifting and inspiring. - Professor Huston Smith Gerald Heard was an inspiring voice for the life of the spirit. Wipf & Stock is to be commended that Heard's remarkable work is being made available to a new generation of spiritual seekers. - Dr. William H. Forthman The Code of Christ is Gerald Heard's sequel to The Creed of Christ. In this volume Heard emphasizes how, Christianity is in essence a way of life for us to live. That way of life is systematically presented in the Beatitudes, which contain, a message needing decoding. Heard authoritatively decodes this central message of Christ: The world exists for man to achieve union with God. The universe and life are the means whereby souls achieve Enlightenment and Liberation. Once enlightenment is achieved, the perfected soulÉturns back and stands incandescent with compassion, to light others on their way home. The Code of Christ is essential reading for those desiring a deeper understanding of Christ's message. Gerald Heard's thoughtful musings skillfully expound the mystical truths of Christianity.
📒Practicing Our Faith ✍ Dorothy C. Bass
✏Practicing Our Faith Book Summary : An updated edition of the down-to-earth resource that offerstwelve practices to make Christian faith a way of life Many Christians are looking for ways to deepen theirrelationship with God by practicing their faith in everyday life.This best-selling guide helps take belief out of the realm oftheory and shows how to live it out in a series of twelve centralpractices such as hospitality, forgiveness, healing, testimony, andkeeping Sabbath. Designed to work across a wide range of Christianlaypeople, leaders, denominations, and study groups, this is thesecond edition of the book that Theology called "... astimulating contribution to the work of making explicit theconnection between what Christians do and what they believe." Contains information on the practices discussed in the book andshows how they relate to and intersect with prayer, worship, andBible study Offers a guide for conversation, learning, and growth at theback of the book This updated and expanded new edition includes a newintroduction and two additional chapters that describes newinsights into and experiences with the "practicing our faith"approach The book includes a variety of prominent contributors, who drawon their rich shared experience as believers, theologians,ethicists, and educators.
📒Aging With Grace ✍ Stephannie E. R. Solomon
✏Aging with Grace Book Summary : Aging With Grace is designed to revive girls and women who desire to grow gracefully in the Lord. Stephannie E. R. Solomon dares to share what many Christian women discuss and want to hear more about as they follow Christ. Sex, parenting, the other woman, self-image, forgiveness, freedom, and victory are some of the topics showcased in Aging With Grace. Every reflection reveals that the grace of God is at work in the lives of female Christians as they sojourn on Earth. Sandwiched between the covers are compelling, challenging, conversational, and contemporized chapters that are introduced by eye catching and inter-generational titles. Surely Aging With Grace: Reflections That Revive Women is another gift and tool that is sure to be a blessing to the Body of Christ.
📒Wide Welcome ✍ Jessicah Krey Duckworth
✏Wide Welcome Book Summary : While most churches offer 'new member classes' and genuinely seek to welcome visitors, too often the end result is a rush to assimilate the newcomer into formal membership and all of the invitations to participation in committees, choirs, or fellowship groups that go along with it. In Wide Welcome, Jessicah Krey Duckworth presents the stark differences between the established congregation, which cares for current members and congregational identity, and the disestablished one, intentionally equipped to facilitate the encounter between new and established members. The disestablished congregations, she says, gains purpose and identity in the task of relating to the newcomer, and by doing so engages the world in powerful new ways. By intentionally extending the time of newcomer inquiry and allowing their questions, insights, and experiences to reverberate through the entire congregation both they and the church are changed.